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Your teeth, like parts of your body, can become infected. When this happens, you end up with what’s called an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth occur when the pulp (the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth) becomes infected, and there are myriad causes for this.

Regardless of how it happens, an abscessed tooth isn’t something you want to deal with. So here are some tips for preventing it from happening.

Regular oral health routine

The most important thing you can do prevent an abscessed tooth is to practice a regular oral health routine. Ideally, this includes regular brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash. You can also use fluoride supplements as well since that strengthens your enamel. Healthy enamel is part of good oral health.

Better diet

If you have a diet that’s high in sugars and acids, you’re weakening your mouth’s natural defenses against infection. A balanced diet benefits your oral health, as well as your systemic health.

Checkups

You also need to make sure you’re visiting the dentist every six months for cleanings. This helps your mouth stay as healthy as possible, and Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith can spot potential problems long before you can.

Preventing infections in your teeth is pretty easy as long as you follow the tips above. If you have a tooth that’s bothering you or need more advice on how to keep your teeth healthy, don’t hesitate to call us today at 952.890.2791.